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Deacon Norbert Ciesil

Class of 1992

Deacon Robert Ciesil, 94, of Schaumburg, died March 2. He was ordained in 1992 and served at St. Alphonsus Liguori, Prospect Heights, and St. Hubert, Hoffman Estates.

He is survived by his wife, Harriet; and his children Mary Schroeder, Donna Fladd and James Ciesil; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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Sr. Grace Gianella


Adrian Dominican Sister Grace (Susan Angela) Gianella, 80, died Jan. 13 in Adrian, Michigan.

Born in Michigan, she was in the 61st year of her religious life.

Sister Grace ministered in elementary education, as a pastoral associate and in administration in Illinois, California and Colorado.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at St. Rita (1962-1967) and Saint Maria Del Popolo, Mundelein (1967-1971).

She is survived by her brother, Michael Gianella.

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Sr. Anna Mae Kelly


Adrian Dominican Sister Anna Mae (Neal Joseph) Kelly, 88, died Jan. 13 in Adrian, Michigan.

Born in Chicago, she graduated from St. Thomas the Apostle High School. She was in the 69th year of her religious life.

She ministered in elementary education and as a chaplain in Michigan and Illinois.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at St. Mary Star of the Sea (1970-1972), St. Mary of Mount Carmel (1972-1975) and St. Clare of Montefalco (1975-1976); was a tutor at Alexander Smith (1977); directed the learning center at Blessed Agnes (1977-1984); taught at St. David (1984-1985), Bridgeport Catholic Academy (1985-1986), St. Gall (1986-1987), Providence of God (1987-1988), St. Casmir (1988-1989), Epiphany (1995-1997), and St. Benedict, Blue Island (1997-1998); and was a preschool teacher at St. Ailbe (1998-2002).

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Sr. Maria Oppriecht


Sinsinawa Dominican Sister Maria (Maria Goretti) Oppriecht, 91, died Feb. 26 in Hazel Green, Wisconsin. Born in Wisconsin, Sister Maria made her first religious profession in 1951 and her perpetual profession in 1954.

She was a teacher, school guidance counselor, pastoral minister and Reiki practitioner in South Dakota, Oklahoma, Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sister Maria taught at Sts. Faith, Hope and Charity, Winnetka (1956-1961), and St. Thomas of Villanova, Palatine (1967-1969).

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Sr. Dorothy Kunze


School Sister of Notre Dame Dorothy Kunze, 90, died March 2 at Maple Glen Memory Care Center in Glen Ellyn.

Born in Chicago, she was a member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame for 70 years.

She served as an elementary school teacher and administrator in Indiana, Wisconsin and Illinois and was on the province staff as secretary, office manager, finance bookkeeper and transportation coordinator.